Angel of the Flame is a mixed media spiritual painting I created by adding various media to a monoprint. A monoprint is a one-off print made by putting printing inks on a smooth surface and then transferring it onto heavy-weight 100% cotton printmaking paper, using an etching press (hand-powered). I build up many layers of transparent ink to achieve a rich, brilliant image. Each piece is passed through the press many times, until I feel satisfied that the image is something I can expand on. There is no permanent plate, so the image cannot be repeated. After the ink dried, I drew and painted the angel figure with acrylic ink and watercolor pencils. I love the variety of beautiful colors and luminosity that result from this process. I hope you will, too.
All of my work is inspired by nature and by my belief in the oneness of everything in the universe. This spiritual painting is a reflection of that belief. Since prehistoric times, humans have personified the forces of nature. Not having the scientific knowledge to understand these natural forces, which they called the elements, they were seen as spiritual or supernatural beings, such as gods, goddesses, angels, and demons. Many people who practice nature-based religions still find meaning in connecting to the powers of nature in this way. Whether you literally believe in angels or not, Angel of the Flame is a beautiful work of surrealism/ fantasy art that reminds us of the sacredness of nature. Who hasn’t stared into the dancing flames of a crackling fire and imagined all sorts of changing images? The angelic figure has three faces, which mimic the effect of rapidly flickering of the flames, where one form seems to dissolve into another. I feel I’m successful if the viewer can look at the piece over and over, and continue to find something new or beautiful in it.
Angel of the Flame is a 22.5 x 15 inch framed mixed media piece on Rives BFK printmaking paper. I hope it will add the beauty of spirit to your home or office.